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La Salle 56
Type cable / educational access
Country  United States
Availability Philadelphia
Owner La Salle University / City of Philadelphia
Launch date 1991
Official Website http://www.lasalle.edu/lasalle56

La Salle 56 is an educational access cable television station run by La Salle University and carried within Philadelphia’s city limits on the Comcast Cable system. The station reaches over 300,000 homes and attempts to serve the La Salle University community and its neighbors with educational and entertaining programs. The station also serves as a hands-on teaching facility for students interested in the communication field.

La Salle University gained the cable channel in 1991 as part of the franchise agreements between cable providers and the city of Philadelphia. Although originally operated by the Academic Computing and Information Technology Department, the channel was transferred to the Communication Department in July 1997, allowing the station to use the department’s technical facility and access more students majoring in communication.

La Salle 56 features a variety of student-produced programs, ranging from collegiate sports to entertainment to social issues. Original student films are broadcast in addition to interviews with local and national authors, actors, musicians, athletes, and television personalities. As a service to those people who are unable to attend church, WPVI-TV's Mass is shown every Sunday during a late morning rebroadcast.

One full-time employee runs the station year-round with help from a small group of work-study students during the academic year. La Salle 56 receives its funding through a portion of the Communication Department’s budget.

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Programming

La Salle 56 features a variety of shows, ranging from sports to movies to Sunday mass. During the typical academic year, the station generates nearly 100 original episodes, most of which result from eight regular programs. In addition, La Salle 56 carries five regular programs produced outside the University.:)

La Salle 56 airs programming about 16 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The station usually plays programs from 10:00am to 2:00am and then switches over to the message board (see below) when programs are not airing. During the academic year when the majority of new programming is produced, each show is assigned a specific timeslot. Two-hour station masters containing non-dated material fill the remaining time. The hours between 8:00pm and 12:00am are used mainly for La Salle-produced programs only.

Original programming

  • Your News Updates
  • Backstage Pass
  • Focus on Philly
  • Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Insight
  • Mostly From Jersey[1]
  • Lampoonery News
  • Q&A
  • SportsLine
  • Sports Talk Philadelphia
  • The Show
  • This Is It
  • Upon Further Review

Public service announcements

La Salle 56 uses public service announcements (PSAs) as the station's commercial breaks. These PSAs include a wide range of non-profit and service groups, from the U.S. Armed Forces to Volunteers of America. In addition to using PSAs from outside organizations, La Salle 56 also records its own PSAs that are produced by campus organizations and classes.

Message board

The La Salle 56 Message Board is used to present information about the channel and non-profit organizations when programs are not being aired. La Salle 56 uses this space to promote shows, give contact information, and acknowledge that it is public property of the City of Philadelphia. Other messages are displayed for non-profit organizations, including La Salle, that wish to reach the public. Music typically runs in the background while the message board runs at night or between programs. La Salle 56 typically runs the message board each night from 2am to 10am.

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La Salle TV
Type cable / educational access
Country  United States
Availability Philadelphia
Owner La Salle University / City of Philadelphia
Launch date 1991
Official Website http://www.lasalle.edu/lasalletv

La Salle TV is an educational access cable television station run by La Salle University and carried within Philadelphia’s city limits on the Comcast Cable system. The station reaches over 300,000 homes and attempts to serve the La Salle University community and its neighbors with educational and entertaining programs. The station also serves as a hands-on teaching facility for students interested in the communication field. In 2009, La Salle 56 officially changed their name to La Salle TV due to a recent agreement with Verizon to carry the station.

La Salle University gained the cable channel in 1991 as part of the franchise agreements between cable providers and the city of Philadelphia. Although originally operated by the Academic Computing and Information Technology Department, the channel was transferred to the Communication Department in July 1997, allowing the station to use the department’s technical facility and access more students majoring in communication.

La Salle TV features a variety of student-produced programs, ranging from collegiate sports to entertainment to social issues. Original student films are broadcast in addition to interviews with local and national authors, actors, musicians, athletes, and television personalities. As a service to those people who are unable to attend church, WPVI-TV's Mass is shown every Sunday during a late morning rebroadcast.

One full-time employee runs the station year-round with help from a small group of work-study students during the academic year. La Salle TV receives its funding through a portion of the Communication Department’s budget.

Contents

Programming

La Salle TV features a variety of shows, ranging from sports to movies to Sunday mass. During the typical academic year, the station generates nearly 100 original episodes, most of which result from eight regular programs. In addition, La Salle TV carries five regular programs produced outside the University.

La Salle TV airs programming about 16 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. The station usually plays programs from 10:00am to 2:00am and then switches over to the message board (see below) when programs are not airing. During the academic year when the majority of new programming is produced, each show is assigned a specific timeslot. Two-hour station masters containing non-dated material fill the remaining time. The hours between 8:00pm and 12:00am are used mainly for La Salle-produced programs only.

Current programming

Backstage Pass

Backstage Pass is back for another great season, ready to give you the scoop on all things entertainment. Join us for our bi-weekly editions that are sure to bring you everything you need to know about what's going on in Hollywood, from whether the newest spoof movie was a clunker (we'll bet you it was) to when Brangelina will be starting up its own family soccer team. Returning host Eric Donovan is joined by newcomer Danielle Ferrari, Mare Brennan, Christine Helmetag and familiar face Elijah Elliott as they do their best to bring you the latest in upcoming movie and cd releases, the biggest news in television, and maybe even a little harmless celebrity gossip. They'll even give you some tips on where to catch the hottest shows and concerts in Philly.

Insight

The La Salle community has some interesting stories to tell...and Insight is here to let them be told. Host Jon Caroulis invites La Salle faculty, staff, students, and alumni to sit down with him under the studio lights and discuss their work. Episodes have included everything from literature to the stock market to the military.

Philly Factor

Veteran radio newscaster Paul Perrello has been keeping the Philadelphia area up-to-date on the latest news, weather and traffic for the past 27 years. Now this La Salle grad is back at his alma mater to keep you up-to-date on the people affecting your city. Whether he's talking to a tax reform group or officers from the Police Atheltic League, Paul is always looking for what concerns us here at home. The Philly Factor... bringing you the people making a difference in Philadelphia.

Q&A

Q&A is back for a new year with new hosts!! This year Jenny Gaus and Angela Cuzzolino are taking over La Salle's favorite game show. Even though they are new, Jenny and Angela promise to bring lots of laughs and fun while making it their own.

Shenanigans

Shenanigans is best explained as just one wacky game show. We take the best parts of your favorite game show and mix them together to get one awesome game show. So if you love people getting pied in the face, puppets, random trivia, and physical challenges with play by play. Then watch Elijah Elliott and Kevin Lankey deliver the madness.

Sportsline

ouldn't make it to the big game on campus this past week? Not a problem, with the La Salle Athletic TV show: SportsLine. Each week, join Kevin Lankey, Kerri Corrado and Laura Angelucci as they discuss the latest in La Salle Sports. This half-hour show provides highlights, stats, news, and an athlete interview segment. So tune in and 'explore' the action! Cross from the sideline... into SPORTSLINE.

Sportstalk Philadelphia

Sports Talk Philadelphia is a half-hour of pure Philadelphia sports madness. This unscripted panel discussion covers everything that has to do with the 2008 World Champion Phillies, Flyers, Eagles and Sixers. If you want real analysis from real sports fans that aren't in it for the money (we don't get paid), tune in to La Salle 56 TV and a half-hour of the best sports coverage in town. Produced by: Greg Hall

The Studio

The Studio with Rebecca Petner and Eric Donovan is back for its second season on La Salle TV. Produced by Kayleigh Reed, Rebecca Petner, and Eric Donovan this biweekly half-hour talk show will leave you entertained and intellectually stimulated! Make sure to watch this season as the show defies normal viewing capabilities. Feel like you're there in the studio with Rebecca and Eric - smell Eric's body odor, and even hear the loud, piercing laughter of Rebecca with your own ears. Potential future guests include Bill Cosby (we've been trying to get him for a while now!), Bird on the Street, and of course, well-known La Salle students.

Upon Further Review

If you want a show that will look at every aspect of the world of sports, then "Upon Further Review" is the show you're going to want to watch. In its third year as a weekly show on La Salle TV, UFR just doesn't cover the biggest sporting events of the past week. "Upon Further Review" goes deeper in analyzing everything from trade and free agent rumors to potential fantasy star players. For all the latest coverage of important issues and games, you don't want to miss out as we further review every week in sports.

Your News Update

If you would like to get a short and sweet update of events and stories on the news, Your News Update is the show for you!! This new show discusses the recent headline stories that are affecting our country. From updates on the Presidential election, the war on terror, the issue of iIllegal aliens, rising gas prices, religion and education system. This show highlights the local, national and world news making this show worthwhile to watch. Don't miss out on getting your updated dose of news coverage!!!

Public Service Announcements

La Salle TV uses public service announcements (PSAs) as the station's commercial breaks. These PSAs include a wide range of non-profit and service groups, from the U.S. Armed Forces to Volunteers of America. In addition to using PSAs from outside organizations, La Salle TV also records its own PSAs that are produced by campus organizations and classes.

Message Board

The La Salle TV Message Board is used to present information about the channel and non-profit organizations when programs are not being aired. La Salle 56 uses this space to promote shows, give contact information, and acknowledge that it is public property of the City of Philadelphia. Other messages are displayed for non-profit organizations, including La Salle, that wish to reach the public. Music typically runs in the background while the message board runs at night or between programs. La Salle TV typically runs the message board each night from 2 am to 10 am.

Current Producers

Laura Angelucci

Laura Angelucci is a Communication major looking to show the world what she's got! She resides in Ivyland, Pennsylvania, which is just outside of Philadelphia. She is a typical, crazy Philadelphia sports fan. You will always find her cheering her Philly teams on, even if they let us down. As a freshman, Laura could be seen completing packages while working as a crewmember for various La Salle TV shows such as Upon Further Review, SportsTalk Philadelphia and SportsLine. Now in her sophomore year, she will be working as an anchor for SportsLine. She couldn't be more excited and plans on making this year great. She also enjoys talking about any sport, the shore, hanging out with friends and family, and of course, shopping! Go Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers!

Kerri Corrado

Kerri Corrado is a Jersey Girl from West Deptford with a passion for La Salle, Philly sports teams, and the Jersey shore. Kerri is a Communication Major who joined the LaSalle TV Sportsline team her Freshman year as writer, eventually undertaking the responsibilities of producer and co-host. As a sophomore she is looking forward to continuing co-hosting SportsLine, especially interviewing Explorer athletes, recapping the games, showing highlights and speaking her mind. When she is not smiling, she is seen drinking Dunkin Donut's French Vanilla Coolattas, playing club soccer, intramural basketball, participating in student government, working out, and having fun with friends.

Angela Cuzzolino

Angela Cuzzolino is one of the newest additions to the Q&A family. Angela is currently a sophomore communication major tracking in Mass Media and Public Relations. Although she grew up the shadows of our nations capital she has always wanted to reside in the city of brotherly love. She hopes to bring in a new enthusiasm to the show with her high energy and love of socializing. She is hoping to one day have a career in the public relations field.

Cait Diviny

Cait Diviny is a senior Communication major from Philly. She started off as a crewmember for shows during her freshmen year. During her junior year she started producing The Studio as well as La Salle Password, the Young Broadcasters special. She is currently the Executive Producer of Q&A as well as La Salle Password. Outside of the television studio Cait is the Vice President of the Young Broadcasters. She loves her friends and family and of course the Phillies..

Eric Donovan

Eric Donovan is a Junior Communication and English double major at La Salle. He has been involved in La Salle TV since freshman year and is currently involved as a producer and host of Backstage Pass, a cast member of Mostly From Jersey, and as on-air talent and host of the The Studio. He is pursuing a degree in Communication and English in the hopes of one day working in the film industry, primarily as a writer and director. Past La Salle 56 credits include appearances on Q & A, with La Salle 56 talk show co-host Rebecca Petner, as a contestant. Yea, it's kind of a big deal.

Elijah Elliott

I am the man the myth the legend known as Elijah Elliott. I am senior at La Salle University. I have been working on La Salle TV all four years. But my life's ambition is movies. I love movies I know mostly everything about movies and TV. One day I hope to be a film critic because that job would be awesome and I get to do what I love review and watch movies. I am Executive Producer and the creator of the new game show Shenanigans. Also I am a producer for Backstage Pass, which is La Salle's Entertainment show. If you would like to see how awesome I am then COME ON DOWN BECAUSE YOU ARE THE NEXT CONTESTANT ON THE PRICE IS RIGHT….oh I mean just turn use on and watch the madness.

Danielle Ferrari

Danielle Ferrari is from Philadelphia and a sophomore Communication Major at La Salle University. She will be co-producing the show Backstage Pass for the fall semester. Danielle has been involved in the communication department from the beginning of her freshman year. She worked crew on various shows and is looking forward to being on air next semester. Danielle is also involved in community service at La Salle and is part of the organization Big Brother Big Sister. She loves music and entertainment and is excited to see what the next three years at La Salle hold for her as a student!

Jenny Gaus

Jenny Gaus, a Philly girl from birth, is a sophomore Communication Major and has done crew for various La Salle TV shows as a freshman. This year she will continue to do crew for some shows as well as produce and host Q&A. Beyond La Salle TV and the Communication Department Jenny is also a member of La Salle's New Explorers Mentor Program. She loves both attending and performing in anything dance, theater, film, television, and music related.

Anthony Giacometti

Anthony Giacometti is a Junior Communication major at La Salle. He started his La Salle TV career his freshman year and has been known by some as the "graphics kid." He has worked or made graphics for almost all the shows at LTV and is currently a first time producer. In his spare time, he can be found at the basketball games dressed up in a cape and a mask, as well as apart of many other student organizations. One quote he tries to live by is "One person can only accomplish so much.... but when that person joins another, and another, and another.... you become a part of the community. With a community.... only the sky is your limit."

Greg Hall

Greg Hall is a senior Communication Major who specializes in Mass Communication and Journalism. He has an extreme passion for sports, but especially for baseball, hockey and soccer. He took that passion and made the most of it; he interned for WPEN 950 ESPN Radio and on top of producing Sports Talk Philadelphia on La Salle TV, appears on two weekly radio shows for WEXP. He hopes to become a baseball play-by-play commentator while still dipping his toe into sports talk radio.

James Harding

James Harding is a junior Communication Major from Amityville, Long Island, NY (yes, that Amityville that they made all the bad horror movies about.) This year he is a co-producer and host of Upon Further Review. He is also actively involved in the campus radio station, WEXP, as both an on-air personality of shows like The Press Box and Inside The Ring (Thursdays from 1-3 and 8-10) and WEXP Sports Director. He first started his freshman year at La Salle TV doing crew for all the sports shows and eventually was asked to be a substitute on Sports Talk Philadelphia, and has been on-air frequently since then. This past summer James interned in the sports department at News12 Long Island. His favorite sports include Hockey, Golf, College Basketball and Formula One Racing, but he rarely finds a sport that he does not want to watch. Outside of sports he loves politics, traveling and food. James' ultimate goal is to eventually be a sports anchor or general manager of a professional sports franchise.

Chino Hernandez

Chino Hernandez is a senior majoring in Mass Communication who is a native of the Philippines. He is currently residing in Northeast Philadelphia. He returns this school year and is thrilled to be the Executive Producer and Lead Anchor of Your News Update, a show that he worked with for two years. He considers this opportunity as a huge blessing and is highly thankful to everyone who helped him along the way. Last year he produced La Salle TV's newest game show, La Salle Feud. Chino has worked on other La Salle TV show such as The Studio, Backstage Pass, Q&A and Philly Factor. This summer he interned with Terry Hines and Associates where he started the Interactive Department at the Philadelphia local office. He was given the task to shoot videos for their local events. Some of his work includes videos that he was able to produce for Bradley Cooper's, Vanessa Hudgens' and Jeremy Piven's visit in the city. He considers this internship to be one of the best he has ever experienced. Chino is also happy to be of service as the President of Young Broadcasters, and as a member of the Communication Department Student Board. He is an advocate of the Lasallian teaching, "doing ordinary things, extraordinarily well." He says that by practicing this, hard work and dedication help to earn great rewards which is "extremely beyond spicy."

Kevin Lankey

Kevin Lankey, Executive Producer and host of SportsLine, is a senior Communication major with a minor in Film Studies. He resides in Edison, New Jersey. When he's not working at La Salle TV, you can usually find him at La Salle's radio station, WEXP, where he is the Program Director, and host of the radio show, Inside the Ring, which airs Thursdays 8-10 PM. He enjoys playing sports such as, hockey, baseball and ultimate Frisbee. He also loves anything Disney, whether it is cartoons, Disney theme parks, or High School Musical. Yeah, he likes High School Musical, got a problem with that? If you can't seem to get enough of his lovely face, you can also find him hosting the new La Salle game show Shenanigans

Rebecca Petner

Rebecca Petner is a Senior Communication Major from Cherry Hill, NJ. This is her second year as producer and talent for the acclaimed show, The Studio. She has been involved with La Salle TV since her freshman year and always dreamed of being on air while working backstage on shows such as Backstage Pass, Q & A, and the exciting production of Insight. She is also the recipient of the 2009 Broadcast Pioneers scholarship, as well as a member of Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honor Society. Rebecca hopes to compete with the best of them in her future: Oprah, Conan O'Brien, and Jay Leno.

Kayleigh Reed

Kayleigh Reed is a senior Communication and Spanish double major at La Salle. She began co-producing an origianal talk show, The Studio, last fall. Kayleigh is the vice president of the Hispanic National Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, and will be interning in the fall at Center City Film and Video in Philadelphia. In her free time Kayleigh likes to edit her own videos for fun and hopes to someday find a career in post-production.

Notable alumni

  • Matt DeLucia - Reporter at KVVU-TV Las Vegas, NV
  • Brandon Davidow - Sports anchor at KXXV-TV Waco, TX
  • Christina Stolfo - Producer at WMGM-TV Atlantic City, NJ
  • Kevin "Casey" Feeney - Producer at Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
  • Ben Rosehart - Sports reporter at KGWN-TV Cheyenne, WY
  • Meredith Marakovits - Sports reporter at 950 ESPN Philadelphia
  • Grant Lodes - Weekend sports & news anchor at WBBH-TV Fort Myers, FL
  • Elizabeth Moors - Anchor at WAND-TV Decatur, IL
  • Kathy Reynolds - Reporter at WGGB-TV Springfield, MA
  • Chris Keating - Reporter at KSTP-TV Minneapolis, MN
  • Kim Davidow - Reporter at WETM-TV Elmira, NY

Awards and recognition

In 2006, seven La Salle 56 producers and talent (12 total from the university) participated in an internship with NBC Olympics during the Winter Games in Torino, Italy.

In 2007, La Salle 56 original program Focus on Philly was honored with the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Public Affairs Program. The winning entry, produced and hosted by Matt DeLucia ('07) focused on the city's rising homicide rate and the efforts of local residents and organizations.

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